I've had my eye on #NotYourPrincess for several months. I coveted it when I saw it at Georgetown's library. But I haven't been able to rationalize purchasing it for BPL thanks to my paltry purchasing budget. I looked at buying my own copy and then donating it, but the Barnes and Noble I went to over the holidays didn't have it in.
FINALLY I was able to get my e-ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) to cooperate with my technology, and I read it in one sitting. Since I had to read it on my laptop, I live-blogged it to whet your appetite for reading it, too:
“Patriarchy is quite simply the systemic oppression and regulation of women’s bodies, minds, and spirits. Patriarchy sets the markers and outlines the box of what we can and cannot do; say or cannot say; think or cannot think; express or cannot express; live or cannot live.” pg. 26
“In Indigenous culture, Indigenous women and girls are sacred, known as life-givers, as independent, as autonomous, as decision-makers.” pg. 26
Winona LaDuke’s graphic strips remind me of Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie
Are there supposed to be this many blank/white pages? Maybe it’s just typical advanced reader’s copy formatting…
There’s art, graphic novel/short story/autobiographical comic strips, poems, quotes/mantras, interview, and personal –nonfiction– essays. The art is gorgeous!
This art is arrestingly beautiful. I love it.
For once, the art speaks to me more than the poetry.
“Why not Indians? ‘You see doctors, lawyers, fireman, everyday people played by people of all different ethnic / groups these days, why not Indians, I mean we don’t talk about “Indian things” all the time, / I mean, so much of our lives are lived like everyday people, why can’t Hollywood reflect that?’“ - Actress DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) >> I think this quote just convinced me to do a purchase request to our nonfiction selector. We don’t seem to have a good track record for our circulation stats for nonfiction or diverse reads, so idk how well #notyourprincess will circ, but if only one or two people check it out and realize that “lightbulb moment” of representation and the self and/or how important diversity is, it will be worth allocating our meager collection development funds towards it.
Lots of author pics, which I normally wouldn’t be a fan of, but it’s so important for girls and teens to /see themselves/ within the pages of a book, that I like the numerous author pics.
“The idea of the relic stereotypical Indian needs to change.” >> recreation of classic portraits of movie stars replaced with contemporary Native American actors *insert heart-eye emoji here*
“This is what we do– we recast wounds in unending light. And so, light, love, and courage are circles we keep coming back to.” - Tanaya Winder (Duckwater Shosone)
“When I Have a Daughter” by Ntawnis Piapot (Piapot Cree Nation) made me shiver in pride and co-identification. <3 I want to be her daughter. I want those things instilled in me, as a daughter.
Wow! I had no idea that that’s how the Standing Rock protests started!
Isabella Fillspipe (Oglala Lakota’s) “Dear Past Self” is definitely something high school and college depressed-me could have appreciated.
“We must and will have women leaders among us.” <3 <3 <3
brb. Filling out a purchase request form now.